ASPECTS OF OPERATIONAL MINE SAFETY ASSURANCE AT THE 4 SOUTH MINE, QUINSAM COAL MINING OPERATION

CIM Edmonton 2008
Kresho Galovich, Mr. Paul Krivokuca,
Abstract Quinsam Coal Corporation (QCC), wholly owned by Hillsborough Resources Inc., operates the Quinsam Coal Mine, an underground operation located 25 km west of the city of Campbell River on the east coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Hillsborough Resources Ltd. (HLB) is a publicly owned Canadian company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Full-scale underground operation began at Quinsam Coal Mine in 1993. At present, mining is carried out in the No.1 coal seam at the 3 North/2 North mine. Continual coal production from the 4 South underground mine in the No.3 coal seam began in February 1996 and ended on April 30, 1999. Small amounts of coal were mined from the 4 South mine in 2003, 2004 and 2005. The 4 South mine is currently on standby.

The 4 South mine is a shallow depth, underground mine (up to 150 meters of overburden) within the high-sulphur, sandstone-hosted No.3 coal seam. Strongly contrasting geotechnical, hydrogeological, and coal quality characteristics of the 4 South mine have been addressed with focused training programs, geotechnical investigations and flexible mine planning and scheduling. This paper provides an overview of the 4 South Mine, the geotechnical investigations completed to address mine planning and ground support selection and the training programs established to instruct all personnel involved in the mine on safe mining practice, policy and procedures.
Keywords: geotechnical, Depillar, quinsam, Safety, Testing, Retreat
Full Access to Technical Paper
PDF version for $20.00
Other papers from CIM Edmonton 2008